Interview with Erica Alex

Describe your desk.
It's covered with books, a Watermelon Lemonade candle, a picture of me as a baby, an electronic picture frame, and some office supplies. I recently had my typewriter on it, but I'm running out of shelf space for books, so I tucked it away.
eBooks or printed copies?
I began a digital books phase in 2011 when my mom gifted me a Nook for Christmas. There was nothing I didn't buy due to the convenience of downloading text straight to my device. Up until the early months of 2014, I began purchasing paper copies again, many of eBooks I'd bought and wanted to hold in my hands. I haven't given my Nook much attention since. Nothing can replace the feel, look, and scent of a printed book, nor can it mime the swelling pride when you add a new novel to your shelves. This doesn't mean I don't appreciate the innovation of eBooks. While I don't give my Nook "much attention," I still use it on the go when I'm traveling a place I don't wish to bring my precious texts.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
When I do read eBooks, my Nook - I'm partial to Barnes and Noble. However, I do own the Kindle app on my phone, which is right beside the Nook app.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't, though I'm certain a faerie and a unicorn were involved.
Where do you derive inspiration?
I enjoy sexy, psychological, supernatural, and mythological lit and have interest rooted in paganism. As a bibliophile, I read as much as I can whenever I can. Authors feed their talent and imagination by doing this, which is likely no news to you. In addition, I play The Sims when time allows, building and destroying lives on my laptop. The expansions for supernatural worlds/beings birth a playground of fictive possibilities.
What is your writing process?
There's a recent post on my blog about this: http://laceveins.com/2014/05/12/my-writing-process-blog-hop/. The simple version is that I edit as I write, pass it on to be edited, and then edit some more. I use software that assists with novel writing and the organization of ideas, as well: Scrivener and Scapple.
What are your thoughts on cover design?
As an avid reader, I believe cover is everything. It's the first impression - it's the bait. A cover should be so amazing that people buy your book just because it is. I've done that before and will again. No one can deny a beautiful book cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
My interests are eclectic. I own books from The Dictionary of Imaginary Places to Anna Karenina. I own a gay sex bible, numerous Scott Cunningham texts, several BDSM reads both fiction and reference, and an antique The Arabian Nights. I love fantasy - I love horror. Krampus by Brom is one of my favorites, and I'm preparing to read his The Child Thief. I write what what gives me pleasure when I read it and what would give me pleasure if I were to read it. I read from genres included in my own writing, just as I read for escapism. It all feels good to me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Baltimore City, Maryland. Everything I write is the opposite of city life; coming up in the city made my imagination reach for more magickal places.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm not indie because I want this to lead to me being brought in by a publisher. I'm a control freak - I want to own my work in every way. I want to tell my stories the way I wanted to tell them, not how a company above me thinks I should for the sake of "what sells."
Published 2014-06-06.
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